Did you know that August 21st is Senior Citizens Day? 28 years ago, President Ronald Reagan wanted seniors to feel recognized and so he declared this day as an annual holiday to appreciate elders and their accomplishments!
It’s so important to recognize and appreciate our loved ones, not only on this day, but everyday. There are so many benefits when it comes to connecting with them on a day to day basis. It is always a good time to make them feel loved.
With that being said, our recommendations are to interlock those social connections and make your loved one feel more comfortable and happier. Here are some of our favorite 6 habits that you can do with your seniors on this day to make them feel special this holiday.
6 Things to Do For National Senior Citizens Day:
- Encourage physical touch. Something as simple as a hug or hand holding of a family member can make someone feel loved. Physically being present in someone’s life can reduce stress and encourage connection.
- Watch films, read books or play games, together. There is power in doing things you love together. Sharing new memories, learning more about the world and creating positive memories that you can share for a lifetime. This will not only benefit their personal well-being, but also your own as you create comforting experiences between the two of you.
- Family History Project. Sure you may know everything about your family, but by simply interacting with your loved one certain memories, asking questions about how they felt at certain points of their life, may give you wisdom beyond your years. This gives a unique perspective and a great time to collect old photos from their youth!
- Skype calls. With COVID-19, it’s best to follow CDC guidelines including social distancing, especially when it comes to the vulnerable population such as the elderly. With that being said, the best way to connect is through Skype calls. This is also beneficial for those who are separated by distance. Try out video chatting services like Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp or Facetime to reconnect with your loved ones.
- Small Talks. Even something as small as a simple interaction such as a smile, short conversation or small talk can make a person’s day. So if you are calling via Skype or through phone, it doesn’t have to be so lengthy to be meaningful. A simple interaction goes a long way.
- Random Acts of Kindness. Be spontaneous, surprise them with a visit or possibly leave something in the mail for them. Perhaps a postcard, a care package or their favorite meal on their doorstep. Or, you can even surprise them with a lunch date at their favorite food spot.
It’s the little things that make a big difference in someone’s life. Continue these habits not only for National Senior Citizen’s day but also throughout the year to make your family bond stronger and happier.
What are some of your favorite ways to connect with your loved one? If you have any tips you would like to share, feel free in the comments below!
-Because We Care!